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I thought I would give this a try I am on a tight budget an feeding 9 people I n…

I thought I would give this a try I am on a tight budget an feeding 9 people I need something other than spaghetti, chilli,soup beans,an pizza any help would be great!

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  1. Michelle Williams

    Chicken thighs in the crockpot with 2/3 cup brown sugar and 3 cloves of minced garlic. Cook on low for 6 hrs.

  2. Tator tot casserole
    Scalloped potatoes and ham
    Eggs/pancakes/French toast
    Sloppy joes
    Garlic bread pizzas
    Tuna and noodles
    Mac and cheese with hot dogs
    Mac and cheese, can chicken, and peas in it
    Mac and cheese, tuna, and peas in it

  3. Brittany Johnson

    Hot dogs and chips, sloppy joe, shredded chicken in crockpot, chicken noodle and mashed potatoes with dinner roll, cold cut subs, sliders

  4. Danielle Boster

    Ground meat of choice, rice a roni flavor of choice, mushrooms, onions and seasonings.

    Brown the ground meat of choice, mushrooms and onions with seasonings of choice then drain off grease.

    Cook rice a roni according to package directions.

    Mix both together and enjoy!

  5. Meat balls and served with a hashbrown casserole!

    Casserole- bag of hashbrowns, can of cream of mushroom soup, 1 container of sour cream: mix together and put it in a baking dish and top with whatever shredded cheese you like and bake until the hashbrowns are cooked and cheese is melted! 🤌

  6. Melanie Martin Allen

    Breakfast for supper, maybe? Pancakes are filling and eggs are still a relatively cheap protein compared to other meats. Where I live, pork roasts are quite a bit cheaper than beef roasts and the typical sides of potatoes, carrots and onions aren’t off the charts high just yet. Fried rice doesn’t require a lot of expensive ingredients and can feed a crowd. Fried taters and chopped kielbasa cooked together is tasty and you could have canned or frozen veggies as a side for just a couple bucks. My mom makes something called tamale pie that has a chili like base with cornbread batter poured over the top and baked. If you made a large quantity of rice, you could use it for multiple meals. Hope the ideas help. Groceries are ridiculous right now.

  7. Lisa Crispin Thornton

    Buffalo chicken pasta..prepare buffalo chicken like you would for dip boil penne pasta mix together top with cheese i like mozarella bake till bubbly.

  8. Sherri Dreibelbies

    Taco bar.
    Baked chicken leg quarters and stuffing.
    Scalloped potatoes and ham casserole.

  9. Georgeva Enfinger

    1lb hamburger, onion, fry, drain grease. Add 3 cups water, 1 can stewed tomatoes, 1 can corn, 1 pk taco season. Bring to boil add 2 cups instant rice. Cook until done. We make burritos or to with cheese and eat with fritos. Very filling, especially with kids

  10. Fideo
    Boil chicken until done (or use rotisserie chicken/cubed chicken)
    In a sauce pan add oil and vermicelli noodles (or broken spaghetti) and toast
    Add water (enough to cover noodles) chicken bouillon, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, a couple tablespoons of rotel (optional) and cut up chicken
    Cook until noodles are done (may need to add more water and re-season if needed)
    Serve with mashed pinto beans, tortillas, salsa and avocado!
    Can also do this with rice and make chicken and rice!
    Super easy and filling!
    Crockpot version: Add chicken, vermicelli noodles (or broken spaghetti noodles, a few tablespoons of rotel, water, chicken bouillon, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder
    Serve with refried or mashed pinto beans, tortillas, avocado and salsa

    Chicken/pork chops, minute rice, cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, a little water, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder
    Bake or cook in crockpot

    Carne guisada
    Brown stew meat
    Add in grated tomato, a little grated onion and a little bit of water
    Add in diced potatoes or green beans
    Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and cumin
    Cook until meat is tender
    Serve with refried or mashed pinto beans, rice, tortillas, avocado and salsa

    Stuffed chicken breast with spinach and artichoke dip and cheese

    Chicken with spinach and sun dried tomato cream sauce and pasta

    Chicken and dumplings

    Chicken pot pie stew

    Burrito bowls

    Stir fry bowls

    Red beans and rice with sausage (can brown sausage before adding to beans) and serve with cornbread

    Roast, potatoes and carrots with beefy onion soup mix (can bake or crockpot)

    Chicken tacos
    Boil chicken breast until cooked (or use rotisserie chicken)
    Shred and add to a sauce pan
    Add in grated tomato and a little grated onion
    Season with taco seasoning or salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and cumin

    Marinate chicken, salmon, beef or pork with soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, garlic powder and pepper
    Cook chicken/beef and set aside
    Add veggies to pan (broccoli, carrots, onion, brussel sprouts, cabbage, snap peas, bean sprouts, ect. or whatever veggies you like)
    Sauté with teriyaki sauce and a little soy sauce and add in chicken/beef/pork
    Cook rice (or use left over rice) and serve with stir fry meat and veggies

    Lasagna roll ups (marinara or alfredo sauce)

    Chicken parm




  11. Victoria Patton

    Ghoulash (1lb hamburger, can of corn drained, can of green beans drained, noodles, spaghetti sauce, cheese)

  12. Stephanie Stephenson Piper

    Sloppy Joe’s
    Grilled cheese
    Mac n cheese
    Breakfast burritos
    Kfc bowls
    Pulled pork sandwiches

  13. Chicken stir fry….spaghetti noodles, throw on chicken breasts and veggies, mix with soy sauce

  14. Cindy Lucksinger-Crouch

    Taco braids. – 2 pizza doughs (by the biscuits), 2 lbs of hamburger meat that has been drained and cooked in taco seasoning, shredded cheddar cheese, melted butter and a pastry brush. Spray 2 cookie sheets with Pam, Spread the dough onto the sheet, but do not make the dough too thin. cut 2 x 2 strips on each side of dough. Place meat down the middle and top with cheese. Take each strip and braid it with the other side. Once braided, take melted butter and brush all over the top. Repeat for the 2nd Braid. bake at 350 until braids are golden brown. I top mine with lettuce and tomatoes when done but that’s optional.

  15. Shawn Love Bailey


  16. Black beans and rice with pork(pork butt is often very cheap, cook low and slow and you can get many meals out of it)

  17. Tanya Swift-Akers

    Hamburger helper, tuna helper, tater tot casserole, chicken n dumplings, tuna casserole, walking tacos, pulled pork, pulled chicken, meatloaf, sloppy joes/manwich

  18. Connie Bollinger Fremin

    We eat a lot of jambalaya-you can stretch things with rice. Our favorite is chicken and sausage jambalaya.

  19. Laura Miller Hebert

    I sometimes do a chicken or a roast and then I do lots of side fillers like canned carrots corn and green beans and corn bread since they are cheap and I can stock up on those side items

  20. Tater tots shepherds pie!! Made tots in the air fryer and cooked the meat mixture according to my clubhouse pack 😏😏 I put tater tots in the bowl first, then cheese, then shepherd pie meat. O. M. G.! It was soooo good! And didn’t heat the house up like cooking a traditional shepherds pie in the oven!!!

  21. Roasted whole chicken can go a long way. As long as you make something like chicken pot pie,chicken salad sandwiches, quesadillas , soup. If you have a Costco card you can get a huge precooked chicken for $4.99.I always wait until they put the fresh hot ones out so I can cherry pick

  22. Omelettes, grilled chicken and veggies, pot roast served over toast with brown gravy and mashed potatoes

  23. Dorothy Sanders Freeland

    Google for pioneer woman’s recipe for chicken spaghetti, really good and makes a large amount

  24. Loaded Cowboy Pasta Salad!

    1 lb. Rotini pasta
    1 tbsp. olive oil
    1 lb. thick cut bacon, chopped
    1/2 lb. lean ground beef
    1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    1/2 tsp. onion powder
    1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
    salt and pepper, to taste
    1 cup mayonnaise
    1 tsp McCormick barbecue seasoning OR 1/4 cup sweet baby rays barbecue sauce
    1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
    2 tbsp. spicy mustard
    2 tsp. chili sauce
    1 (15 oz.) can sweet corn, drained
    2 cups. grape tomatoes, halved
    1 1/2 cups cubed sharp cheddar cheese
    3/4 cup diced green onions

    Cook rotini pasta according to package instructions and strain and rinse with cold water. Drizzle with 1 tbsp. olive oil and set aside.

    In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy.
    Remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, leaving a little bit of bacon grease in the pan. Add ground beef to the skillet and cook until browned. Season ground beef with onion and garlic powder, crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste.

    Skim away any remaining grease and remove from heat.
    In a large serving bowl, combine mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, spicy mustard, and chili sauce and whisk until smooth.

    Add cooked pasta, bacon, ground beef, corn, grape tomatoes, cubed cheddar cheese, and diced green onions and toss until fully combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve. ENJOY!

  25. Katie Alexander

    Frozen mixed veg, white rice(cook and cool first) and any leftover pork/chicken(can use canned chicken or rotisserie), and make fried rice! I add scrambled eggs to mine to stretch it even more.
    Also, look up cheesy chicken fritters. You can make like 4-5 patties from one breast!

  26. Taco Casserole, double the cheaper ingredients in the following recipe. I use a cheaper salsa with a can of rotel. This is a great dish,very filling, different than tacos.
    Taco Casserole


    2 teaspoons olive oil
    1 pound ground beef or turkey
    3 tablespoons taco seasoning (or a 1 ounce store bought packet)
    2 cups salsa – I did a can of rotel and topped up with salsa
    3 cups beef stock
    1 cup uncooked rice – I used basmati
    5 ounces black beans drained and rinsed
    1 cup frozen corn
    2 cups cheddar cheese


    Add 2 teaspoons olive oil to a hot oven-proof skillet. Add in the ground beef and saute until browned.

    Drain the fat from the pan. Stir in the taco seasoning, salsa, beef stock, and rice.

    Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, and cover, stirring occasionally for 20 – 25 minutes or until the rice is cooked through.

    Stir in the black beans and the frozen corn. Top with cheddar cheese and put under the broiler in the oven until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

  27. get 3 package of knorrs cheddar and broccoli(4.00) cook as directed, add a small pack of bacon bits (1.30 @walmart) let cook. a side of 3 cans of veggies (1.80) add a jar of applesauce or make jello/pudding, and a piece of butter bread. tummies will be full for around 10.00…LOL not bad for 9 people.
    there are so many flavors of knorrs. add a meat canned or fresh and ya got a easy peasy , fast meal

  28. Angela Guajardo Daugherty

    1 box= $1.60
    Polish Kielbasa= $3.50 (in my area)

    A few boxes of this and a diced kielbasa will go a long ways and can be made under $10. This is my go to potluck meal because it’s cheap, filling, and makes a bunch.

  29. Danielle Boster

    Get a bacon ranch suddenly salad and add chicken or ham, tomatoes, cheese and whatever else sounds good to you.

  30. cream cheese chicken… goes a long way. put boneless skinless chicken in the crockpot.. add cream of chicken soup and cook. Make a bag or 2 depending on how much chicken you made. when chicken is done, shread, add a brick or 2 of cream cheese, when melted add the noodles and mix.. serve. so good!!

  31. Chicken and rice is good. Look on pinterest for flavor ideas (southwest, greek lemon, etc) Stir-frys are good when fresh vegetables are on sale. You can make chicken fried rice, teriyaki chicken, sweet and sour chicken. Load up the veggies and rice then shred the meat to make it go farther

  32. Michelle Williams

    Three chicken breasts in the crockpot with one jar of salsa con queso. Cook on low for 6-8 hours then shred the chicken and stir. Serve on tortillas with your favorite taco toppings.

  33. Julie Richardson

    Fried potatoes
    Scrambled eggs
    You could get some bacon bits and add to the eggs or add cheese.

  34. Barbara Pittman

    Chicken and rice casserole meatloaf mashed potatoes and corn meatballs gravy and rice string beans

  35. Jennie Severino Wilson

    I literally just got chips, brats, hot dogs, buns, chips and cole slaw and fed 16 people for $30. That included ketchup and mustard in that as well!!

  36. Meatloaf, lasagna, breakfast casseroles, chicken and noodles served on mashed potatoes, big ol chuck roast- one meal as roast, second open faced sandwiches, leftover? Mix with BBQ sauce, and make BBQ roast toasted cheese sandwiches,
    Tuna casserole, tuna casserole, chicken quesadilla

  37. Chicken quesadillas!
    Canned chicken
    Shredded cheese
    And what ever else you want! Fry them up in some butter and they are good and easy! Also pretty cheap

  38. Aleshia Garrison

    Burritos (mix can beans into taco meat to add filling and cut cost of meat- use ground pork instead of beef also)
    Chicken salad (get a discounted rotisserie one and shred)

  39. Stephanie Badawieh

    Taco pasta. Any pasta with hamburger (or other taco meat), corn (canned /drained or frozen), black beans (canned or dried, soaked and boiled), rotel, and taco seasoning. Add more pasta and corn/beans/ etc to stretch as far as needed.

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